'Barbie' makes Margot Robbie highest paid actress in 2022 with a whopping $12.5M paycheck

'Birds of Prey', Margot Robbie's 2020 Harley Quinn standalone movie, already brought in $10 million


                            'Barbie' makes Margot Robbie highest paid actress in 2022 with a whopping $12.5M paycheck
Margot Robbie was paid $12.5M for her role in the movie 'Barbie', making her the highest paid actress in 2022 (Credits: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images and Warner Bros)
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Margot Robbie, an Australian actress, is experiencing an unprecedented level of prestige among female artists. The two-time Oscar nominee is currently regarded as the "highest paid actress" because of the enormous pay she would receive for the much-anticipated comedy movie, 'Barbie'.

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According to Variety, the 32-year-old Australian actress will receive $12.5 million for playing the lead role in Oscar-nominated writer-director Greta Gerwig's movie based on the famous Mattel doll. In the hot-pink-filled movie, Ryan Gosling, who co-stars as Ken, will also get $12.5 million. Screen icons like Denzel Washington ($20 million for 'The Equalizer 3'), Leonardo DiCaprio ($30 million for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'), and Tom Cruise ($100 million for 'Top Gun: Maverick') are among the other high-earning actors who continue to make more than Robbie's commendable salary.

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In contrast to Robbie's female coworkers, 'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown earned $10 million for the upcoming Netflix film 'Enola Holmes 2'. Other coworkers on the list included Jamie Lee Curtis ($3.5 million for 'Halloween Ends') and Anya-Taylor Joy ($1.8 million for 'Furiosa'). 'Birds of Prey', Robbie's 2020 Harley Quinn standalone movie, already brought in $10 million.

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Robbie provided some insight into the film, 'Barbie' to British Vogue in June of last year. She said she was aware of the historical controversies surrounding the Barbie doll and the Barbie movies. She grinned and replied, "Right, it comes with a lot of baggage! And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it."

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Robbie hinted that the film wouldn't be what viewers would be expecting. "People generally hear 'Barbie' and think, 'I know what that movie is going to be,' and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they're like, 'Oh, well, maybe I don't...,'" she remarked.


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The 'I, Tonya' actress will appear in 'Barbie' next year along with Ryan Gosling, 41, who plays the "pretty loser" Ken, Simu Liu, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, and Kate McKinnon. The movie's plot revolves around "Barbie getting kicked out of Barbieland because she’s not perfect enough” and she “goes on an adventure” to save Barbieland only to realize “that the key to happiness is belief in oneself," according to Deadline.

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On July 2, Margot Robbie turned 32 and as the actress worked in Los Angeles on the Barbie movie, the cast and crew threw her a very pink, doll-themed birthday party as a surprise. Her 32nd birthday was celebrated on the set, where she received a cheerful Barbie-themed cake with the words "Happy Birthday Barbie Margot!" written in light pink icing. Robbie was spotted on site suited out in her character Barbie's roller skating attire and toting a pink box of doughnuts, according to E! Network.

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